Many consider moving to be one of life’s most stressful events. Factor in building your own home, and many homebuyers aren’t sure where to begin. While the process may seem daunting at first, the right builder will put your mind at ease by making it simple and enjoyable to design your dream home.
To help navigate the journey, here’s a list of the top things homebuyers should look for once they’ve decided to build a new home:
1. The builder
The first and most important step in building a new home is finding the right builder. Seek out a builder that has a long history of quality, honesty and consistency; evokes trust and ease in its customers; focuses on minute details; and puts the needs of the homebuyer first.
Marrano Homes, western New York’s leading new-home builder, with its 60-year-plus legacy of having the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship, takes a personal approach to every customer. For those reasons and more, it has earned a pristine reputation for quality, value and service — along with the title of 2018 Builder of the Year from the Buffalo Niagara Builders’ Association.
“We understand that building a new home is one of the most important purchases a person will ever make,” said Patrick Marrano, president of Marrano Homes. “That’s why we’re committed to making the process as seamless and enjoyable as possible.”
2. The location
The neighborhood where you build your new home is arguably as important as the home itself, so it’s key to work with a builder that can provide you with both the right home and the right community to fit your lifestyle.
A prime example is Glenbrooke, Marrano Homes’ new community in Henrietta, which offers 1,300- to 2,500-square-foot ranch floor plans. Situated in a quiet, popular suburb of Rochester, just a few miles from the picturesque Genesee River, Glenbrooke features 68 private home sites with both nature and water views. With easy access to shopping, dining and entertainment, along with a homeowners association to manage snow removal and landscape maintenance, Glenbrooke is well positioned for today’s busy lifestyles.
3. The model home
When designing a new home, homebuyers often look for help and inspiration to guide the process. That’s why it’s critical to visit the builder’s new model home. From the floor plan and the layout to the decor and the amenities, the model home provides a platform for buyers to build on.
In Marrano Homes’ case, the company has an exclusive design team that not only helps buyers make all their selections but also ensures each model home reflects the latest trends and styles that align with the local market. “Whether it’s the furniture, artwork, furnishings or light fixtures, no detail is spared in our model homes, so homebuyers can envision the possibilities available to them,” Marrano said.
According to Marrano’s design team, popular design shows such as HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” are setting the pace for the latest design trends. Visitors will see some of these trends reflected in Marrano’s Glenbrooke model home, including a mix of contemporary and traditional features, neutral colors, dark hardwood floors, brushed nickel and brass, and two-tone cabinets.
In addition, personalization is the major reason homebuyers build a new home instead of buying a used one. That’s one of the reasons Marrano Homes transformed the basement of its Glenbrooke model into an on-site design center. With hundreds of personalized features available, such as Pella windows, different plumbing fixtures, exterior siding options, multiple color palettes and more, buyers can conveniently design their home directly from the Glenbrooke model.
4. The process
A trusted, reliable and experienced builder will ensure a solid and seamless process from the start. To provide guidance and help buyers personalize their homes, Marrano Homes assigns homebuyers their own team of professionals, including a new-home construction sales professional, customer coordinator, professional design consultant, construction manager and customer care representative.
Once the home is complete, Marrano Homes takes its process a step further, conducting a 10-month follow-up with homeowners after they’ve moved in to address any issues.
“Customer satisfaction is our No. 1 priority,” Marrano said. “That’s why we’re here to guide homebuyers from the start to the finish and beyond. Building one’s dream home is an important decision, which is why we’re committed to making the experience enjoyable every step of the way.”
At Glenbrooke, homebuyers can choose from three exclusive ranch designs and select options such as a loft, craft room, man cave, home theater or finished basement to meet their unique needs. Homes range from the $260,000s to the $350,000s. To visit Glenbrooke, take Goodburlet Road to East Henrietta Road, then turn right on Willowford Drive.
For more information, call 585-351-2931 or visit marrano.com.